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Old 08-07-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Thinking about buying a 1994 SW1

I don't know a whole lot about the Saturns. Never owned one. Can anyone tell me what typically goes wrong with these cars? How do the automatic transmissions hold up? Are parts easy to get? Is the car easy to work on? Any comments on the S series would be greatly appreciated.

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1)Can anyone tell me what typically goes wrong with these cars? 2)How do the automatic transmissions hold up? 3)Are parts easy to get? 4) Is the car easy to work on?
1) Not much. ECTS goes bad and causes all kinds of problems. Real easy 10 minute $15 max fix. That's the most common problem.
2) They hold up okay (or so I'm told...) if the transmission fluid and filter have been changed at least every 30k miles. If not, then the automatic isn't worth it. At all.
3) Parts are easy and as long as its not a "mod" it's usually rather cheap. Except automatic transmissions as the working ones are in high demand...
4) So easy to work on a caveman could do it
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The proper way to fix a S-Series automatic is to replace it with a 5spd O:)
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:24 AM   #5
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I have two 94 wagons, an SW1 and SW2, you need to watch for rust in the door sil plates that often will hide under the plastic sill covers.
The rear passenger windows frequently leak, the rubber seals around the doors warp and crack, there is no drip rail so when it rains getting in and out you get wet, the transmissions especially the automatics are tempermental at best, try to stay with a standard, the roof seam just above the windshield often develops stress cracks, the drivers inside door panel almost always has a large hole on it where your elbow contacts it, the manual window cranks are riveted in place and are tempermental, the steering wheel cover often seperates from the metal ring making for a very floaty spungy feel, like hanging onto jello, the metal hoods are very fragile and dent extremely easy, the inside door latches for entry exit must have been made for someone with 12 inch arms, interior plastic up to 95 over time fades and gets very brittle and on and on, I term theses cars as GM's Kit Cars.

As far as parts, workability and such, in short order you and you car will become very close and the downsides mentioned above in the Antique world would be called "Patina", something that adds character to the car and will undoubtedly bring something out in yourself as well, just be sure to keep the shotgun locked up, there will be times!
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